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Stella by Starlight

by Sharon M. Draper Atheneum Books for Young Readers (January 06, 2015)

When the Ku Klux Klan's unwelcome reappearance rattles Stella's segregated southern town, bravery battles prejudice in this New York Times bestselling Depression-era "novel that soars" (The New York Times Book...


Bo at Iditarod Creek

by Kirkpatrick Hill & Leuyen Pham Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (December 08, 2014)

Ever since five-year-old Bo can remember, she and her papas have lived in the little Alaskan mining town of Ballard Creek. Now the family must move upriver to Iditarod Creek for work at a new mine, and Bo is...


Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill

by Maud Hart Lovelace & Lois Lenski HarperCollins (May 17, 2011)

Betsy, Tacy, and Tib can't wait to be ten. After all, getting two numbers in your age is the beginning of growing up—exciting things are bound to happen. And they do! The girls fall in love with the King of...


Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown

by Maud Hart Lovelace & Lois Lenski HarperCollins (May 24, 2011)

Betsy, Tacy, and Tib are twelve—old enough to do lots of things...even go downtown on their own. There they see their first horseless carriage, discover the joys of the public library, and see a real play...


Incommunicado

by Randall Platt Sky Pony (November 04, 2014)

Just about everyone is incommunicado in the small, sleepy Oregon coastal town of Sea Park during winter. Until Pearl Harbor, that is, when it springs to patriotic life. But is Ruby Opal Pearl (a.k.a. Jewels)...


Cursing Columbus

by Eve Tal Cinco Puntos Press (October 01, 2009)

The dream was always the same: I was back in Russia. My family was sitting around the Sabbath table: Mama, Papa, baby Hannah and my brothers Lemmel and Shloyme. I was telling a story about America—there were...


Picturing Alyssa

by Alison Lohans Dundurn (August 05, 2011)

Every time Alyssa looks at an old family portrait, she lands on an Iowa farm in 1931. The past is nothing like Alyssas unhappy life, and Alyssa finds herself wanting to live on the farm with her new friend,...


The Troubles of Johnny Cannon

by Isaiah Campbell Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 14, 2014)

"A boy with a highly original voice winces his way into the bewildering world of adults during a neglected moment in American history" (Newbery Medalist Richard Peck) in this heroic coming-of-age novel.

Johnny...


Emily of Deep Valley: A Deep Valley Book

by Maud Hart Lovelace William Morrow Paperbacks (April 26, 2011)

“I re-read these books every year, marveling at how a world so quaint—shirtwaists! Pompadours! Merry Widow hats!—can feature a heroine who is undeniably modern.” —Laura Lippman

“There are three authors...


Carney's House Party/Winona's Pony Cart: Two Deep Valley Books

by Maud Hart Lovelace William Morrow Paperbacks (April 26, 2011)

“Some characters become your friends for life. That’s how it was for me with Betsy-Tacy.” —Judy Blume

“I am fairly certain that my independent, high-spirited grandmother must have had a childhood similar...


Willie & Me

by Dan Gutman HarperCollins (March 03, 2015)

With more than 1.5 million books sold, the Baseball Card Adventures series brings the greatest players in history to life.

Featuring black-and-white photographs and stats throughout, plus back matter separating...


Outside In

by Karen Romano Young Greenwillow Books (April 19, 2011)

Chérie Witkowski is twelve, and she doesn't want to turn thirteen this year. This is the year, 1968, that everything -- absolutely everything-seems to be changing. At home her parents are expecting a new baby,...


Kate's Story, 1914

by Adele Whitby Simon Spotlight (June 24, 2014)

There are more family secrets waiting to be discovered at Vandermeer Manor in America in the second book of a historical fiction mystery series.

It's the end of June in 1914, and Beth Etheridge is traveling from...


Girl in Reverse

by Barbara Stuber Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 13, 2014)

Being adopted isn't easy--especially when you're seen as a national enemy. A teen seeks the roots of her identity in this stirring novel from the acclaimed author of Crossing the Tracks.

When Lily was three,...


Deadly

by Julie Chibbaro & Jean-Marc Superville Sovak Atheneum Books for Young Readers (February 22, 2011)

Join the search for Typhoid Mary in this early twentieth-century CSI. Now in paperback!

Prudence Galewski doesn't belong in Mrs. Browning's esteemed School for Girls. She doesn't want an "appropriate" job that...


Homefront

by Doris Gwaltney Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (December 29, 2009)

For as long as Margaret Ann Motley can remember, she has been waiting and hoping for one thing -- a room to call her very own. And when Margaret's older sister leaves for college, it looks like Margaret's days...


Joshua's Song

by Joan Hiatt Harlow Margaret K. McElderry Books (July 23, 2013)

Boston, 1919. It's been a terrible year for thirteen-year-old Joshua Harper. The influenza pandemic that's sweeping the world has claimed his father's life; his voice has changed, so he can't sing in the Boston...


Invisible Things

by Jenny Davidson HarperTeen (November 23, 2010)

Sixteen-year-old Sophie knows there is more to the story of her parents' death. And she's on a mission to find the truth. To aid her in solving the decades-old mystery, Sophie has enlisted her best friend, Mikael,...


Bo at Ballard Creek

by Kirkpatrick Hill & Leuyen Pham Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (June 17, 2013)

It's the 1920s, and Bo was headed for an Alaska orphanage when she won the hearts of two tough gold miners who set out to raise her, enthusiastically helped by all the kind people of the nearby Eskimo village....


The Locked Garden

by Gloria Whelan HarperCollins (June 02, 2009)

It's the year 1900, the dawn of a new century and a chance for a new beginning for Verna and Carlie, whose mother died two years ago. They are headed to their new home—the grounds of an asylum for the mentally...


The Dan Carter, Cub Scout MEGAPACK ®: The Complete 6-Book Series and More

by Mildred A. Wirt Wildside Press (March 25, 2013)

The "Dan Carter, Cub Scout" series, written by Mildred A. Wirt (writing as Ann Wirt) follows the adventures of 10-year-old Dan Carter and the boys in Den 2 of the Cub Scouts. Dan Carter is the pack leader, and...


Breathing Room

by Marsha Hayles Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (June 04, 2012)

Evvy Hoffmeister is thirteen years old when her family brings her to Loon Lake Sanatorium to get cured of tuberculosis (TB). Evvy is frightened by her new surroundings; the rules to abide are harsh and the nurses...


Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me

by Nan Marino Roaring Brook Press (May 11, 2009)

A tender story about a tough-as-nails girl forced to take one small step towards understanding during the summer of 1969.

"Muscle Man McGinty is a squirrelly runt, a lying snake, and a pitiful excuse for a ten-year...


Bug Boy

by Eric Luper Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (July 20, 2009)

It is the summer of 1934, and even at the height of the Great Depression, money is no object for the socialites at posh Saratoga Race Course. The trouble is times are tough for everyone else, especially penniless...


My Life with the Lincolns

by Gayle Brandeis Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (March 15, 2010)

My dad used to be Abraham Lincoln. When I was six and learning to read, I saw his initials were A. B. E., Albert Baruch Edelman. ABE. That's when I knew.

Mina Edelman believes that she and her family are the...


Ghost Boys

by Jewell Parker Rhodes & Miles Harvey Hachette Book Group (April 17, 2018)

A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes.

Only the living can make the world better....


Finding My Place

by Traci L. Jones Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (May 24, 2010)

After moving to an affluent suburb of Denver in 1975, ninth-grader Tiphanie, the only Black girl in her new high school, feels out of place until she befriends another outsider--Jackie Sue, whose "trailer trash"...


How High the Moon

by Karyn Parsons Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (March 04, 2019)

To Kill a Mockingbird meets One Crazy Summer in this powerful, bittersweet debut about one girl's journey to reconnect with her mother and learn the truth about her father in the tumultuous times of the Jim...


Winnie's Great War

by Lindsay Mattick, Josh Greenhut & Sophie Blackall Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 17, 2018)

From the creative team behind the bestselling, Caldecott Medal--winning Finding Winnie comes an extraordinary wartime adventure seen through the eyes of the world's most beloved bear.

Here is a heartwarming...


Ghost Boys

by Jewell Parker Rhodes Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (April 16, 2018)

A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes.

Only the living can make the world better....


The Story Seeker

by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb & Iacopo Bruno Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (January 27, 2020)

Inspired by the true story of a girl who lived in the library, Kristen O'Donnell Tubb's The Story Seeker continues The Story Collector series with a heartwarming middle grade mystery that captures the illustrious...


Daughters unto Devils

by Amy Lukavics & Jorjeana Marie Harlequin Audio (February 02, 2016)

When sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner's family decides to move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, she hopes it is her chance for a fresh start. She can leave behind the memory of the past winter;...


Bright Young Things

by Anna Godbersen & Emily Bauer HarperCollins (October 12, 2010)

The year is 1929. New York is ruled by the Bright Young Things: flappers and socialites seeking thrills and chasing dreams in the anything-goes era of the Roaring Twenties.

Letty Larkspur and Cordelia Grey escaped...


Beautiful Days

by Anna Godbersen & Caitlin Davies HarperCollins (September 20, 2011)

For the bright young things of 1929, the beautiful days seem endless, filled with romance and heartbreak, adventure and intrigue, friendship and rivalry.

After a month in New York, Cordelia Grey and Letty Larkspur...


Betsy-Tacy

by Maud Hart Lovelace & Sutton Foster HarperCollins (December 04, 2007)

Betsy hopes that whoever moves into the house across the street will have a little girl just her age. And the little girl who moves in is just her age. Her name is Tacy. She is very bashful, but she likes to...


Stella by Starlight

by Sharon M. Draper & Heather Alicia Simms Simon & Schuster Audio (January 06, 2015)

2016 Audie Award Finalist for Middle Grade

When the Ku Klux Klan's unwelcome reappearance rattles Stella's segregated southern town, bravery battles prejudice in this New York Times bestselling Depression-era...


The Worst of Times

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

by Bette Bao Lord & Melissa Hughes Blackstone Publishing (April 30, 2010)

In1947, the Year of the Boar, Sixth Cousin, also known as Bandit, leaves Chinawith her parents for a new beginning in America. Proud of the American namethat she chose herself, Shirley Temple Wong is optimistic...


Two Logs Crossing

by Walter D. Edmonds & Mark Turetsky Blackstone Publishing (September 01, 2015)

An absorbing, deeply moving adventure story from the Newbery Medal-winning author of The Matchlock Gun

When John Haskell's father dies, he leaves behind a mountain of debt for his family to overcome. John had...


The Art of Keeping Cool

by Janet Taylor Lisle & Charles Carroll Blackstone Publishing (October 01, 2012)

It's World War II, and fear permeates the Rhode Islandcoastal town where Robert, his mother, and sister are living out the war withhis paternal grandparents. It is fear of Nazi submarines offshore; fear ofAbel...


My Crooked Family

by James Lincoln Collier & Joe Short AudioBookShelf (May 14, 2013)

Sneaking into the majestic house on Park Row last night and unlocking the door for the well-dressed stranger had been exciting. Still, Roger knows that what he did for Circus was wrong, especially when he learns...


The Jazz Kid

by James Lincoln Collier & August Ross AudioBookShelf (February 01, 2013)

Paulie Horvath is never going to be a good student like his brother, John, never going to follow his hardworking father into the plumbing trade, never going to ease his mother's mind by passing tests or cleaning...


Give Dad My Best

The Orphan of Ellis Island

by Elvira Woodruff & Lloyd James Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

Dominic Cantori is an orphan. Ashamed of his situation, he avoids making friends for fear of exposing his terrible secret. One day on a class trip to Ellis Island, a tour guide asks everyone about their families....


Quake!

by Gail Langer Karwoski & Terry Bregy Blackstone Publishing (November 01, 2010)

Buildings were weaving in and out. The street pitched like a stormy sea. Bricks were raining down all around him. The ground shook with such violence that Jacob thought the world had come to an end. In award-winning...


No Promises in the Wind

by Irene Hunt & Charlie Thurston Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2012)

Fromthe Newbery Award-winning author of AcrossFive Aprils and Up a Road Slowlycomes a tale of a brave young man's struggle to find his own strength duringthe Great Depression.

In1932, American's dreams were simple:...


How High the Moon

by Karyn Parsons & Sisi Aisha Johnson Little, Brown Young Readers (March 05, 2019)

To Kill a Mockingbird meets One Crazy Summer in this powerful, bittersweet debut about one girl's journey to reconnect with her mother and learn the truth about her father in the tumultuous times of the Jim...


Winnie's Great War

by Lindsay Mattick, Josh Greenhut, Sophie Blackall & Kathleen McInerney Little, Brown Young Readers (September 18, 2018)

From the creative team behind the bestselling, Caldecott Medal--winning Finding Winnie comes an extraordinary wartime adventure seen through the eyes of the world's most beloved bear.

Here is a heartwarming...


Dear America: The Fences Between Us

by Kirby Larson & Elaina Erika Davis Scholastic Inc. Audio (September 01, 2010)

With this sweeping tale of life on the World War II homefront, Newbery Honor author Kirby Larson brings her incredible talent to the Dear America series. When Pearl Harbor is attacked, America is finally unable...


Audacity Jones Steals the Show

by Kirby Larson & Lyssa Browne Scholastic Inc. Audio (February 01, 2017)

The plucky and adventurous Audacity Jones returns for the second installment of Newbery Honor author Kirby Larson's newest series. Audacity Jones and her best friend, Bimmy, are setting off from Miss Maisie's...